NBA Playoffs 2011: Can the Los Angeles Lakers Make History vs. Mavericks?

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a very precarious position against the Dallas Mavericks, sitting down in a 3-0 hole in the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

They are attempting to do something that no NBA team has ever done before, and that only four professional sports teams have ever done before, stave off elimination winning four straight games.

The odds are long, the outlook is bleak. Basically, it's not happening...right?

If ever there was a team built to come back from such a hole it is these Los Angeles Lakers. They are a team with great defense, an even better offense, plus a guy that has an argument for being included in the top ten players of all time.

There are a few things that are very important for the Lakers to do, however, in order for them to have any chance at even avoiding the sweep on Sunday.


Killer Kobe

Friday night against the Mavericks, the Lakers were up by eight points with nine minutes left in the game. Usually that is the point where Kobe Bryant will take the game and close it out.

He has been one of the best players in the past decade at killing any hope that the opposing team has at coming back.

However, Kobe scored only four points after that nine-minute mark, shooting two for six in the quarter.

In the three games combined, Kobe has just 15 points on 6-16 shooting and has gotten to the line only once.

If the Lakers are going to have any shot at beating the Mavs four times in a row, they are going to need Kobe Bryant to step up like he has been known to do in the fourth quarter.


Pau Gasol needs to step up

Pau Gasol has been something else in this series, and not in a good way.

Gasol is averaging 13 points and ten rebounds and less than a block in this series after a season in which he averaged 18 points 10 rebounds and a block and a half.

Worse ye...

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